Nintendo News: Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

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This past Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Nintendo released a Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. It revealed many features of the upcoming Smash Bros. game to be released in December.

Since I was on vacation at the time, I couldn’t cover this news in a timely fashion. Even so, I want to cover as many of the playable characters, stages, items, and features showcased in this video. So, let’s get right to the point and list what was announced, and what games these are from:

Characters:

  • Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
  • Richter Belmont (Echo character of Simon Belmont) (Castlevania)
  • Dark Samus (Echo character of Samus) (Metroid)
  • Chrom (Echo character of Roy) (Fire Emblem)
  • King K. Rool (Donkey Kong)

Many of these characters were highly requested by fans. The total number of characters in the game so far is 73 if you count the echo characters. The full roster will be announced prior to the game’s launch.

Stages:

  • Dracula’s Castle (Castlevania)
  • Brinstar Depths (Metroid)
  • Summit (Ice Climber)
  • Unova Pokemon League (Pokemon)
  • Magicant (Earthbound)
  • Gamer (Wario)
  • New Donk City Hall (Mario)
  • Great Bay (Zelda)
  • Shadow Moses Island (Metal Gear)
  • Living Room (Nintendogs)
  • Gaur Plain (Xenoblade Chronicles)
  • Figure-8 Circuit (Mario Kart)
  • Flat Zone X (Game and Watch)
  • Pokemon Stadium (Pokemon)
  • Garden of Hope (Pikmin)
  • Final Destination (Smash Bros.)
  • Fountain of Dreams (Kirby)
  • Saffron City (Pokemon)
  • Hyrule Castle (Zelda)
  • Dreamland (Kirby)
  • Kongo Jungle (Donkey Kong)

According to the video, there are 103 currently announced stages in Smash Bros. Ultimate. All are available at the start of the game, and can be played with up to 8 players, with the option to turn off hazards, have a final destination, and battlefield variations. A new feature allows you to switch between two stages mid battle as well.

Items:

  • Banana Gun (Donkey Kong?)
  • Killing Edge (Fire Emblem)
  • Bomber (Kirby)
  • Death’s Scythe (Castlevania)
  • Staff (Not sure of game)
  • Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom (Earthbound)
  • Rage Blaster (Not sure of game)

There may be more items to discover in the game as well, but were not mentioned here.

Pokemon:

  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Abra
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Mimikyu
  • Pyukumuku
  • Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix
  • Marshadow
  • Ditto

These are some interesting picks. Ditto actually transforms into the player who threw it, and moves like that character. It is not known if these are all the additions to this game.

Assist trophies:

  • Alucard (Castlevania)
  • Zero (Megaman X)
  • Knuckles (Sonic)
  • Krystal (Star Fox)
  • Klaptrap (Donkey Kong)
  • Chef Kawasaki (Kirby)
  • Grayfox (Metal Gear)
  • Nikki (Not sure of game)
  • Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight)
  • Moon (Zelda)
  • Rathalos (Monster Hunter)

A lot of cool characters are here, many I’d like to play as. Of note, Rathalos was stated to be a boss and an assist trophy. It is unknown if it appears as a stage hazard, or as a boss in another mode.

Misc. Features:

The game features 900 music tracks, has a playlist feature, and can be played in sleep mode while on the go. Each track is sorted from the game series it is from, and will show up on stages from that series.

When you are about to play, you select the rules first, and can set presets for quicker selection. Next you choose the stage, then you choose the characters to play as. Echo characters can be stacked on top of each other, or displayed separately.

A new feature includes a chargeable final smash option. This allows you to build up a final smash meter as you fight, and you can use the final smash when full. They are weaker with this option, and only one can be activated at a time.

A new mode called Squad Strike is in the game. Here, each player chooses 3 or 5 different characters, each with one life that is used in a single fight.

Tournament mode is back, supporting up to 32 players.

A new mode called Smashdown is in the game as well. Each round, the previously used characters cannot be used, until there are none left.

Classic mode also returns. In it each character faces different preset opponents per character.

The main menu was also shown, with a blurred out option being a currently unannounced mode. There is a dashboard for notifications as well in this game.


And that covers the Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. Did I  miss something? What do you think of this game so far? Are you excited for the game’s release? Who would you like to see in the game as a playable character? As a Pokeball Pokemon? As an assist trophy? Let me know all this and why in the comments below!

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